"Don't let people with dementia down" - Alzheimer's Society responds to the Prime Minister's speech

The UK's leading dementia charity, Alzhemier's Society, responds to Boris Johnson's speech today at the Conservative Party Conference.

Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'I cannot begin to say how disappointing it is that social care has been barely discussed in today’s speech.

The Prime Minister promised he would sort out the social care crisis once and for all. But so far we haven’t seen a single step further in terms of detailed plans – we hope that the Prime Minister’s resolve isn’t wavering.   

'We hear all the time through our Fix Dementia Care campaign about families who have been struggling daily with worryingly inadequate dementia care and crippling costs. More people’s life savings are running out, more people with dementia are stuck needlessly in hospital wasting NHS resources and hurting families. And the situation is only getting more desperate. This cannot go on – it must not go on.

'People affected by dementia deserve so much better. Our plea to the Prime Minister and his government is – don’t let people with dementia down. They must fix dementia care and they must now tell the country how they are going to do it, so it works like the NHS and other public services and everyone has access to high-quality care based on need, not ability to pay.'